Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Reporter’s notebook: Fifth-grade class plants trees at Fort Sumner State Monument

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Courtesy photo: Raymond Samora Karen Kimmell’s fifth-grade class at Fort Sumner Elementary School planted fruit trees Wednesday on the grounds of Fort Sumner State Monument. A Fort Sumner man is hoping schoolchildren will literally see the fruits of their labor every time they visit the Fort Sumner State Monument. It was at the monument a […]

Variety of trees can survive and thrive in New Mexico

For more than 100 years, residents of New Mexico’s eastern plains have been planting trees and shrubs to improve living conditions and protect property from climatic extremes. Early settlers brought seedlings with them or dug seedlings from other locations to plant around their homesites. Today, many trees are bought from mail order catalogs and online […]

Press Release: Free Christmas trees

SANTA FE – Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons today announced the State Land Office will issue free Christmas tree permits to New Mexico residents effective immediately through December 20th.

Company we keep truly influences us

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Each time I am drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my very old Marshall Junior High School days. Now it is called Marshall Middle School but when I was there, it was 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Also I have noticed that some of the trees are now […]

Superintendent says stormy first day of school went well through district

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-old Hannah Luscombe poses for a photograph for her grandmother Suzanne Estes in front of Barry Elementary School Friday on the first day of school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. Tree limbs that […]

Proper tree disposal advised

CNJ staff The city of Clovis Department of Public Works urges community members to dispose of trees safely. The best way is to put trees near a garbage bin in the alley behind the house or to take them to the landfill. The department says they will grind the trees into mulch. Decorations should be […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales nursery owner Curt Jaynes said a good way to check on a tree’s freshness is to pull on its branch, and remember healthier trees are slower to shed needles. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to […]

Fourth graders to plant trees

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